Parenting for the Launch What I Wish I Knew at 18 What I Wish I Knew at 18 What I Wish I Knew at 18 What I Wish I Knew at 18 What I Wish I Knew at 18 What I Wish I Knew at 18
  • How will I measure "success" in my life?
  • What character traits will I model to others?
  • How will I build strong relationships and work effectively with others?
  • What role does faith play in my life?
  • How will I persevere through life's inevitable hardships?
  • How do I become a masterful decision maker, goal setter, and time manager?
  • How will I succeed in college academics?
  • How will I select and thrive in my career?
  • How will I know he or she is "the one" and prepare for a lasting marriage?
  • How will I achieve my financial goals and manage my money?
  • How will I measure "success" in my life?
  • What character traits will I model to others?
  • How will I build strong relationships and work effectively with others?
  • What role does faith play in my life?
  • How will I persevere through life's inevitable hardships?
  • How do I become a masterful decision maker, goal setter, and time manager?
  • How will I succeed in college academics?
  • How will I select and thrive in my career?
  • How will I know he or she is "the one" and prepare for a lasting marriage?
  • How will I achieve my financial goals and manage my money?
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Equipping Young Adults for Real World Success


LifeSmartADDRESSING THE NEED

Dennis Trittin founded LifeSmart Publishing to help address the life skills deficit hindering today’s younger generation. Observation and research suggests this looming crisis is rooted in several cultural and institutional forces:

    1. increasing fragmentation of family life
    2. immature or absent parenting
    3. schools viewing character/life skills as the domain of parents and therefore focusing primarily on traditional subject matter; parents incorrectly assume schools are fully covering key life subjects (e.g., finance)
    4. inadequate youth employment opportunities
    5. harmful cultural messages from the media and entertainment industries

The end result is that our society is producing a generation of young adults largely unprepared to negotiate life, develop and maintain healthy life-long relationships, demonstrate honorable and effective leadership, build stable households, and succeed in a--- Read More
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More People, More Time, Less Stuff

11/21/2014 3:18:21 PM

We’ve arrived at Thanksgiving week, which means the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is just beginning. Once our turkeys have been eaten and our bellies are stuffed, most of us are in holiday mode from here on out. Holiday shopping, holiday plans, holiday travel, holiday parties… It’s all too easy to get caught up in the activity and miss out on the things that really matter.    There will always be times in life when we feel we’re like the rope in a tug--- Read More
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Celebrate the Season! Annual LifeSmart Book Sale!

11/21/2014 2:58:35 PM

It’s been a great year at LifeSmart! We are filled with gratitude as What I Wish I Knew at 18 continues to impact the lives of young adults globally, and our newest book, Parenting for the Launch: Raising Teens to Succeed in the Real World, receives rave reviews for encouraging and equipping parents (click here for more information).       We think it's time to CELEBRATE!   Our 4th annual Cybersale&--- Read More
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How to Be an MVP Employee -- Our New DVD

11/20/2014 12:55:48 AM

Are the young people under your supervision—children, students, or employees—prepared to soar in their eventual career? Not just to land the job, but to be a workplace MVP?   With high youth unemployment and all-consuming scholastics and activities driving their schedules and priorities, many of today’s young adults are entering the work force sorely lacking the skills and maturity they need to thrive in the real world. &--- Read More
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Cyber Sale 2014!!!

11/20/2014 12:43:38 AM

There’s nothing like a gift that keeps giving. It’s one reason why we look forward to the holiday season when we offer our keepsake books at substantial savings. It’s our way of spreading a little cheer and saying “thank you” to our many friends.   So, here’s a “head’s up” that our 2014 cybersale is just around the corner!   For the teen and young adult in your--- Read More
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Preparing Your Teen for College and a Career

11/16/2014 4:20:22 PM

Preparing for the launch into adulthood. It’s the culminating milestone of every parent and every high school…releasing the adolescents under our supervision into the brave new world of independent living. It’s also the fulfillment of our responsibility of training up self confident, well-prepared young adults to realize their dreams and purpose.         At this weighty time, we ponder these questions: &nb--- Read More
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Coaching 101: Critics Vs. Encouragers

11/16/2014 4:07:56 PM

How many coaches have you had in your lifetime?  5? 10? 20? However many, each was responsible for developing you in some subject or skill area. They helped grow your strengths and correct your weaknesses. When delivered in the right setting and in the right manner, their constructive criticism was a good thing, wasn’t it? It helped you be better, perform better, and know better.   There can be a dark side to criticism, though. It can be sharp, abrasive, and downright mean-spir--- Read More
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What Do YOU Have to Offer the World?

11/8/2014 10:14:03 PM

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I’ve been reflecting on how thankful I am—not for what I have for myself, but for what I have to give away. Really, life’s greatest joys come not from the getting, but from the giving. Don’t you agree?  I have special admiration for people who commit their lives to serving others. They’re not motivated by fame or fortune or power or things, but rather by joyful service. Their qualities of generosity, empathy, compass--- Read More
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The Greatest Gift We Can Give to a Teenager

11/2/2014 12:07:27 AM

The teen years are among our greatest periods of change and self discovery. When you know who you are and why you’re here, you’re inspired to define and pursue your passions. Knowing “what makes you tick” and being able to carry that out, brings great joy and fulfillment. Unfortunately, for some, that’s easier said than done.   Take teenagers who receive few expressions of love or healthy modeling in the home. It doesn’t take long for that deficit to sh--- Read More
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10 Regrets to Avoid Like the Plague!

10/25/2014 11:59:12 PM

Looking back on your life so far, do you have any regrets? Are there things you did and wish you hadn’t—or things you didn’t do and wish you had? Any relationships that are strained? Opportunities missed?  Bridges burned?   Although these are some of life’s most important questions, too many people wait until the end to ask them—and by then, it’s too late.  We’ll all have regrets from time to time. However, you can minimize big ones (or --- Read More
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A Call to Love

10/18/2014 2:19:20 PM

“All you need is love.” The famous mantra from the almost five-decade old Beatles song can still  be found carved into trees, on artwork hung around homes, printed onto T-shirts, on bumper stickers, and much more. The song itself is inspiring; asking us to look within our hearts to see how we can help change the world. However, as omnipresent as this phrase is, how big of a role does it actually have in defining us, shaping us, and influencing our actions?  If we took a mom--- Read More
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7 Easy Tips for Learning to Speak Comfortably in Groups

10/12/2014 12:38:59 AM

What do people most frequently mention as their greatest fear? Public speaking in front of an audience! (I know this all too well, having botched my wedding vows and the two lines in my 8th grade play!) The good news is this fear (and insecurity) can be overcome with proper training and experience. It’s a leadership and life skill that deserves high priority in every school and in every grade. One reason we hesitate to "put ourselves out there" in front of a crowd is our fear of saying s--- Read More
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